Day 1 : Oral Presentations (Theme: Evaluation & Quality Assurance)

Event Title

Common malpractices in medical research paper writing: the way it is and the way it should be

Location

Lecture Hall 1

Start Date

26-1-2013 3:45 PM

Abstract

Background: A scientific paper is a document of scientific study based on experimental work, surveys or observations. Owing to its importance in the current scenario, practices are followed that yield an inappropriate or sometimes false study. The aim of this study is to identify and highlight the common malpractices regarding the writing of scientific paper and to assess the various factors that contribute to it.

Methods: This survey based study was conducted in three well reputed private sector medical institutes of Karachi. A pretested questionnaire was administered to the faculty members. They were investigated about the importance of a scientific paper, its need, malpractices, reasons behind such practice and other necessary data.

Results: A total of 130 forms (n=130) were administered and evaluated. Results reveal that 69.23% of the medical teaching staff members take scientific paper with its true essence while 30.76% consider it as a way to survive in the profession. Also that the most common inappropriate methods practiced in research paper writing includes false data(7.69%) , duplication of data (18.46%), data collected without the consent of institution (48.46%), honorary authorship(84.61%) .63.07% were aware of the bioethical crime one commits while practicing any of the above mentioned inappropriate methods whereas 36.92% do not consider them as important to be placed under the heading of ethics. 82.3% of faculty members think that students should be introduced about research paper while they are studying and interestingly 17.69 % believe that this area should be explored by the students themselves and left untouched.

Conclusions: It can be concluded from above that, rather than serving as a means of provoking a researcher or an innovative thinker, research paper writing is becoming a rat race. Effective regulations and proper awareness can help to control this scenario

Key words: Research paper, Malpractices, Rat race, Regulations

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Common malpractices in medical research paper writing: the way it is and the way it should be

Lecture Hall 1

Background: A scientific paper is a document of scientific study based on experimental work, surveys or observations. Owing to its importance in the current scenario, practices are followed that yield an inappropriate or sometimes false study. The aim of this study is to identify and highlight the common malpractices regarding the writing of scientific paper and to assess the various factors that contribute to it.

Methods: This survey based study was conducted in three well reputed private sector medical institutes of Karachi. A pretested questionnaire was administered to the faculty members. They were investigated about the importance of a scientific paper, its need, malpractices, reasons behind such practice and other necessary data.

Results: A total of 130 forms (n=130) were administered and evaluated. Results reveal that 69.23% of the medical teaching staff members take scientific paper with its true essence while 30.76% consider it as a way to survive in the profession. Also that the most common inappropriate methods practiced in research paper writing includes false data(7.69%) , duplication of data (18.46%), data collected without the consent of institution (48.46%), honorary authorship(84.61%) .63.07% were aware of the bioethical crime one commits while practicing any of the above mentioned inappropriate methods whereas 36.92% do not consider them as important to be placed under the heading of ethics. 82.3% of faculty members think that students should be introduced about research paper while they are studying and interestingly 17.69 % believe that this area should be explored by the students themselves and left untouched.

Conclusions: It can be concluded from above that, rather than serving as a means of provoking a researcher or an innovative thinker, research paper writing is becoming a rat race. Effective regulations and proper awareness can help to control this scenario

Key words: Research paper, Malpractices, Rat race, Regulations